FREE Cheat Sheet: 7 Designer Styling Secrets!

I know, I know – interior designers make styling look easy! But if you’ve ever tried to accessorize your living room, arrange a bookshelf, or style your kitchen countertop, you know it’s not as easy as it looks.

That’s why I’m sharing my cheat sheet with 7 Designer Styling Secrets. (There’s a free download for you at the end of this post!) Getting an expertly-styled space can be within reach once you know a few tips and tricks.

Tip #1: Create Balance

Use symmetrical (formal) or asymmetrical (informal) balance when you’re arranging a grouping of items. Symmetrical means that everything is the same on both sides (like a matching pair or lamps); asymmetrical means the items aren’t identical but have the same visual weight to balance each side out (like a lamp on one side, and a tall vase on the other).

When creating a grouping of accessories, always use odd numbers! Arrangements of 3 or 5 items look way better than things in even numbers, which can visually fall flat.

Tip #2: Pay Attention to Proportion and Height

Use stacked books or boxes as pedestals to display items on to create height, and look for vertical accessories like vases, branches, and candlesticks to break up horizontal items.

Tip #3: Have an Anchor

Choose one item in each grouping of accessories to become the “anchor” – the focal point. Allow the anchor item to take center stage, and for the other accessories to support it.

Tip #4: Less is More

Let your “anchor” accessory – your statement piece – shine. If something isn’t working, consider paring down! Sometimes taking away is better than adding an accessory. And as much as I love color, beautifully layered textures can sometimes be better when styling accessories than bold color.

Tip #5: Bookshelves Are a Beast!

Yeah, that’s not really a tip – just a heads up that styling bookshelves is tricky! Bookshelves are a beast to style, but keep a few things in mind: stack books both horizontally and vertically for interest; break books up with art, photos, and collectibles; and embrace breathing room.

Tip #6: Bring In Something Natural

Organic elements are often the missing item that can take a room from feeling incomplete to perfectly styled. Introduce florals and greenery (faux is fine!) to soften up your shelves or coffee table, and think about bringing in a tall potted plant to a lonely corner.

Tip #7: Buy More Than You Need (And Return the Rest)

Stylists always have options! Always buy more accessories than you think you need so you have the flexibility to play around and see what works best. You might be surprised what looks best in your home! Keep the price tags on, and return what doesn’t work in the end. Be sure to check the store’s return policy first.

Want to take these tips to go? Download your FREE printable cheat sheet with these 7 Designer Styling Secrets to reference when you’re decorating and styling your own home.

This story about what I wish I’d known about painting kitchen cabinets has a happy ending…because I finally invested in paying someone to paint them after royally screwing up the paint job myself.

What I wish I'd known about painting kitchen cabinets BEFORE I tried to DIY! Design tips (and hard-earned wisdom) from interior designer Lesley Myrick.

There are a lot of awesome tutorials out there about how to paint kitchen cabinets, and I wish I was that person who embraced DIY and loved the tedious steps involved in sanding, prepping, taping, priming, and painting. But honestly, after attempting to do it ourselves, my husband and I pretty much ran screaming to the professionals and threw our checkbook at them to make it right.

And it was money well spent! As a designer, I always recommend talented professionals to get the job done. I finally realized it should be no different in my own home.

Here’s what I wish I’d known about painting kitchen cabinets before I tried it myself:

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I’m Lesley Myrick, welcome to Bust Out of Boring, my weekly show every Wednesday at noon CT where I help you bust out of a boring home and create something amazing.

This week, we’re on Episode 12

and we’re going to chat about what I wish I’d known about painting kitchen cabinets. It’s not about choosing color – color was easy! – but here is what I wish I had known about painting kitchen cabinets.

So clearly, if we’re starting with the topic of “what I wish I’d known”,I made a mistake.

We recently repainted our kitchen.

The cabinets were white, kinda dingy, kinda old. We wanted to give them a fresher, brighter coat and paint the lower cabinets a really fun color – soon to be revealed on the blog and social media.

And we were crafty, and did it ourselves! Which there ain’t no shame in that game, but I did not think through all the work, all the materials, all the ALL THE THINGS that we would need to do it right.

The biggest mistake we made painting our kitchen cabinets

was going from oil-based paint that was already on the cabinets to latex.

My genius brain said, “Cool! There are primers for that! We can do this no problem!”

Well, you can buy primers that will go over an oil base and will allow you to put on latex paint. However, the results that we got were not the most durable, were not the strongest, and we very quickly had issues with the finish being funny, with things getting chipped and dinged and scratched, and all the hard work my awesome husband put into it very quickly just looked…”meh”…and fell really flat.

That’s one of those lessons

that’s kind of hard to learn once you’ve put a little money and put a little time into something. You get so excited for this end result and it just doesn’t work the way you wanted it to.

So here’s what I wish I’d known about painting kitchen cabinets:

1. The right paint and the right process matters.

Cabinetry isn’t something that you can just slap up a fresh coat of paint on and hope it’s gonna last. Cabinets take a hella lot of abuse and they really need to be done well, done with the right materials, the right paint that’s going to cure and be strong on surfaces and not something that can get dinged up when cupboard doors are opened and shut.

2. Painting the kitchen cabinets ourselves was not a worthy DIY project.

This really is something that involves a lot of prep, a lot of labor, and a lot of time. As a working mom with two young kids, we need our kitchen! Having it torn up with us taking a week to do a job that professionals could do in three days really wasn’t worth the cost savings.

I’m so grateful to have hired our amazing painting crew to tackle our kitchen which is now 100% done – without paint chipping! It looks amazing and I’m so excited to share that with you guys soon.

As always, if you have questions or comments,

drop a line in the video comments on Facebook. I’d love to hear if you have any experience painting kitchen cabinets and if yours went a little bit better than mine or if you found similar pitfalls in terms of trying to do it “on the cheap” and finding that it wasn’t worth the time or energy.

Ever wondered how to become an interior designer?

(No? Just me?)

Ever wondered how to become an interior designer?

I don’t have a definitive guide or handy-dandy checklist for you, but I do have my story about how I became an interior designer, including what was the most useful part along the way – and spoiler alert: it wasn’t design school.

Your story might sound similar to mine.

I’ve always had a creative streak and a knack for the aesthetic. As young as age 5, I asked my dad to rearrange my bedroom furniture since I wasn’t strong enough to push it myself! I had a clear vision for what I wanted my room to look like, and as a teenager I loved to sponge paint my ceiling, cover the walls in colorful magazine ads and Spice Girls posters (hello, this was the 90s), and shop at IKEA for new bedding and pillows for inexpensive ways to change things up frequently on my part-time movie theatre employee’s salary.

Going to school for interior design was always my plan.

When I was in high school, the TLC show Trading Spaces launched and I was HOOKED. Genevieve Gorder, one of the show’s original designers, is still a major inspiration to me. Trading Spaces only fueled my desire and made me focus even more on the arts in high school.

I was a straight-A student, except in math, which I almost failed in grade 12 and had to repeat. (Whatever, Mr. Wozniak. I had better things to do than worry about solving your dumb equations.)

I started in the interior design program at Sheridan College in 2002 and loved it. I kicked ass academically and creatively. But where I struggled was with finding friends.

Don’t get me wrong – I was friends with girls in my program, but things never fully “clicked” and I never felt like I fit the mold of the “typical interior design student”. I was more at home with the creatives in animation, illustration, and other visual fields.

Looking back – hindsight is always 20/20, isn’t it? – it was actually a blessing that I stood out. That I wasn’t the same as the others. Because nothing has served me better in my career than having a strong point of view and doing what’s true to me and my vision, instead of what’s expected. #truth

Here’s the thing about going to school for interior design.

Yes, it’s valuable to have a design degree or diploma behind you. Yes, I learned useful technical stuff that I didn’t know before. But interior design is more than just knowing the elements and principles of design. Interior design is a skill that can be honed, but I really don’t believe that it can be taught.

You either have that certain “je ne sais quoi”, or you don’t. You either have the knack for space planning, and choosing color palettes, and creating a vision for a completed space, or you don’t.

Having an interior design degree does not make you an interior designer.

If you have a passion for design, and a natural inclination towards it, you don’t need a piece of paper to tell the world you’re a good designer. You show up, you do good work, you share what you’re doing, you learn as you go, and you get better every day.

So what happened after design school?

I graduated from Sheridan with honors and was hired right out of college as a Junior Designer at Kimberley Seldon Design Group in Toronto, Canada. Working at a small design firm meant there was no hand-holding or busywork – I was thrown head-first into AutoCAD drawings, custom furniture sketches, TV set design, international trips, fabric sourcing, client meetings, and site visits. I FREAKING LOVED IT.

While the work itself was exactly what I wanted to be doing, the environment was a bit like The Devil Wears Prada. You know – high profile position, long hours, less-than-amazing pay, and a slightly demanding boss. I always knew I wanted to start my own business one day, and despite the demands of my Junior Design role I kept my eyes open and learned so much from Kimberley about how to run a business – but even more importantly, how I didn’t want to run my business one day.

It didn’t matter that I was the newest, greenest member of the team. I saw the opportunity to learn from those above me, and paid attention to the ins and outs of both interior design itself and running an interior design business.

This is the most valuable thing I can share about how to become an interior designer:

It’s not about a degree. It’s about developing your natural skills and learning from those who have come before you.

In case you’re curious,

There’s no bad juju between Kimberley and I! While professionally we had our challenges, personally she’s an awesome human and I’ve always enjoyed her company. I’m grateful for the trust she placed in me as a newbie designer and what I learned from her. In fact, I was interviewed on her podcast about what it was like to work with her “back in the day”. Check out the episode here.

So…have you been thinking about becoming an interior designer?

If you’ve just launched an interior design side hustle or have been wanting to take the plunge into running your own design business, I’d love to help. 14 years in the industry has taught me A LITERAL TON and I want to save you some of the frustrations and setbacks I encountered along the way, as well as provide you with invaluable business documents and systems you’ll need behind-the-scenes to run a kickass company.

You already have a knack for interior design –

Here’s how to turn your heart-pumping passion for interiors into a thriving design business. I’m launching a beta business coaching program for new interior designers and am accepting a limited number of one-on-one clients. Interested? Book a complimentary coaching discovery call to see if we’re a great fit.

Residential interior design is my jam (and my bread and butter! #PunIntended) but sometimes an offbeat exterior project comes my way and it’s such a cool opportunity I’ll put aside sourcing sofas and pillows.

Since 2016 I’ve been partnering with Mission Waco, an awesome local non-profit whose mission is to, “provide Christian-based, holistic, relationship-based programs that empower the poor and marginalized, mobilize middle-class Americans to become more compassionately involved among the poor, and seek ways to overcome the systemic issues of social injustice which oppress the poor and marginalized.”

Mission Waco has been taking massive action to revitalize an economically disadvantaged area of Waco. In the past few years they’ve opened a grocery store in a food desert, given their youth center a facelift, and are now turning an abandoned storefront into a thriving retail center.

Mission Waco Jubilee grocery store by Lesley Myrick Art + Design in Waco, TX

The Jubliee Food Market was an abandoned grocery store with a hint of Art Deco architecture, and it was an opportunity to stand out and be incredibly bold with color and design to get attention in the neighborhood! I loved designing with the quirky combo of peach, orange, and aqua, and this facade definitely brought life and energy to an otherwise drab building.

Mission Waco Jubilee grocery store before the redesign by Lesley Myrick Art + Design

Mission Waco Jubilee grocery store by Lesley Myrick Art + Design in Waco, TX

Mission Waco Jubilee grocery store by Lesley Myrick Art + Design in Waco, TX

I’m totally loving how the mural design came together. Give me ALL THE COLORS.

Mission Waco Jubilee grocery store by Lesley Myrick Art + Design in Waco, TX Mission Waco Jubilee grocery store by Lesley Myrick Art + Design in Waco, TX

The next project we tackled was re-painting the tired Youth Center building. The graphic mural is an abstract “MW” (for Mission Waco, obvs) that wraps around the side of the building, and my favorite design detail is the striped pattern in between the two columns. For just the cost of paint, this building looks so much younger and fresher.

Mission Waco Youth Center by Lesley Myrick Art + Design in Waco, TX

Like seriously. Check it out before:

Mission Waco Youth Center before the redesign by Lesley Myrick Art + Design

Mission Waco Youth Center by Lesley Myrick Art + Design in Waco, TX

Mission Waco Youth Center by Lesley Myrick Art + Design in Waco, TX
Mission Waco Youth Center by Lesley Myrick Art + Design in Waco, TX

Mission Waco Youth Center mural by Lesley Myrick Art + Design in Waco, TX

And now…here’s what’s in the works for 2019. These four buildings (well, technically now three buildings since the walls and roof recently collapsed!) will be remodeled and turned into the Colcord Center, a new retail space in Waco’s Sanger Heights neighborhood. While the design concept isn’t as bold or exciting for this space – we’re more limited with building materials since there’s a full renovation needed – I think the kick of deep Baylor green and natural stone with green hues will set it apart from Waco’s typical beige buildings.

Mission Waco Colcord Center by Lesley Myrick Art + Design in Waco, TX

Mission Waco Colcord Center by Lesley Myrick Art + Design in Waco, TX

Mission Waco Colcord Center by Lesley Myrick Art + Design in Waco, TX

I know this building needs a total overhaul, but secretly, I wish this mural were staying.

Mission Waco Colcord Center mural by Lesley Myrick Art + Design in Waco, TX

If you’re in the Waco area, you can check out all three of these buildings – Jubilee, the Mission Waco Youth Center, and the Colcord Center – at the corner of Colcord Ave and 15th St.

Also, consider getting involved and supporting Mission Waco financially. They’re doing such great work to empower the poor and marginalized in Waco, and worldwide too. (If you use Amazon Smile, you can choose Mission Waco, Mission World as the charity to support and Amazon will automatically donate 0.5% of the price of your purchases at no cost to you. Total win.)

I looooove me a good project reveal! This Waco family-friendly kitchen remodel was such a blast to work on, and any time a client gives the go-ahead for a bright blue island you just KNOW the end result is going to be smashing.

If you remember the “before” photos, my client was trapped in a generic wannabe-farmhouse kitchen with a faux shiplap wall. A sledgehammer took care of our little shiplap problem lickety-split, and the custom-designed massive 11′ long island became a much-deserved focal point.  This sweet family has 3 kids under 3 and a large island to seat everyone comfortably was a must-have (as was a low-maintenance quartz countertop).

Mixing metals, layering textures, and playing with color and pattern was key to bring interest to this otherwise neutral space. Black hardware and fixtures are unexpected and fresh, which meant that brass and chrome accents could layer in without being too dominating. (I’m obsessed with those black hexagon drawer pulls!)

The large reclaimed barn door was already in the home, and I love it because warms up the otherwise cool palette in the kitchen. Without warm woods, a blue and white kitchen would feel pretty sterile. Brass + wood = instant warmth and contrast.

You can never go wrong with tea towels that feature animals dressed like humans, right? Even kitchens need a little quirk factor.

And just for fun, while we were busy smashing down shiplap and busting up bad tile floors we did a little makeover of the laundry room and master closet too. The ho-hum laundry room got jazzed up with graphic concrete tiles and a fresh quartz countertop, and we designed a pretty little office nook in the master closet to create a much-needed private home workspace for mama.

I bet they’re going to have a pretty epic Thanksgiving dinner in their new super family-friendly kitchen! (And I hope they invite me, too.)

Photos: Jeff Jones Photography

Do you REALLY need performance fabric for a sofa? Get the basics on performance fabrics from interior designer Lesley Myrick.

If you’ve recently shopped for a sofa, I can bet you got pretty overwhelmed with all the decision-making. Sofa, or sectional? A tight upholstered back, or loose cushions? Do you need a matching ottoman? Leather, or fabric? Do you need performance fabric for a sofa? What type of arm should it have? What kind of legs, and how high? Or maybe a skirt?

#decisionfatigue

“Performance fabric” is one of those buzzwords floating around, but unless you know exactly what that means, it’s hard to know if it’s something you really need or a fancy marketing gimmick. Here’s the down and dirty on what performance fabrics are, and if you need ’em:

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Hey everyone, I’m Lesley Myrick – your interior design partner-in-crime to help you Bust Out Of Boring. Welcome to Episode 5:

Do You Need Performance Fabric for a Sofa?

Aah! I don’t know! We’re about to find out today.

We talked a little bit last week about my epic sofa failure and how getting a sofa with vinyl was not a good choice. It just deteriorated after a few years.

But the conversation I want to have today is about specific fabrics for a sofa – mainly, do you need Performance fabric for a sofa?

Now, you might not be familiar with the term “performance”.

Basically, Performance fabric is the kind of stuff that was used in restaurants and hospitals and – you know – fabric that’s plastic-y and resists stains and dirt and you can be pretty rough to it and it still holds up.

I will have you know that things have come a long, long way since then and there’s lots of fabrics available on the residential market that are “Performance”, meaning they have those stain-repellent qualities, they have treatments done to them and even woven into them that’s going to make them easy to clean, resistant to stains, really durable, but it’s not that old, stiff, commercial fabric you might be thinking of.

Now, do you need it for a sofa?

The short answer is, no – but yes.

I think Performance fabrics are an awesome option for a sofa in two really specific instances. The first one is if you have kids or pets (because those things make messes!) and the second is if you want a light-colored sofa, like a light linen color, white, a light grey, or something like that.

I see all these really cute inexpensive sofas on the market that are upholstered in beige linen or grey linen and, girlfriend, you pour one little bit of water or, heaven forbid, a little bit of red wine on that and you’re toast.

That sofa is never going to look like it did when it came to your home for the first time.

The benefits of performance fabrics are

that when you spill red wine on them, on a good performance fabric that stuff will bead up and roll right off.

Now, it doesn’t mean you can be super mean to them and just throw crap all over them! But it buys you time to clean them properly and it resists stains and it’s going to work really well.

So having little kids, having small pets or big pets, I think it’s a great great idea.

Think about that plastic sheeting on grandma’s couch back in the day. Grandma’s couch probably did need plastic sheeting because that fabric was way too delicate. But now, you don’t need itg – you can just get a really great fabric on your sofa and it kinda has the plastic secretly built in to the fibers which makes it super, super durable.

The other time you’re going to want a performance fabric specifically is if you’re doing a very light color.

A white couch – guys, you can do a white couch! If it’s your dream to have this pristine white couch you can actually do it with a performance fabric and get a really awesome result and have something that’s really going to serve you and function well, even though it’s white.

I show clients samples and they look at me like I’ve lost my mind when I’m proposing something that’s a really light color for upholstery, but with the right material it’s a really, really great fit for a project.

Now, I will say –

I mentioned last week that we just got our new sectional and I’ve got kids, and those kids can be dirty, and we did not do a performance fabric.

I did a teal sofa (obviously – I love teal!) and I didn’t like the options that were available in performance fabric in that color. So we chose to do a beautiful soft, silky velvet fabric. We also know how to clean it properly, we know it’s a darker color so it’s a bit more forgiving, and the kids now know they do NOT eat on our new sofa!

So that’s one way we’ve made it work.

But overall, do I recommend doing a performance fabric for a sofa? Yes.

It is just something that’s going to make your life a heck of a lot easier. You won’t be thinking and worrying about all the things spilling on your sofa, all that kind of stuff. I think it’s a worthy investment to look into it.

A lot of ready-made sofas have the option of performance but not that many. But if you look to a company that does custom, or semi-custom usually they’re starting to roll out some really great lines of fabric that do have performance characteristics like Crypton or Teflon. Sometimes the fabric is treated on top or underneath (sometimes both), and other times it’s actually woven into the fibers so they’re stain and soil repellant all the way through.

So – YES to performance fabrics if you want a sofa that’s going to last and look great and be easy to clean.

But here’s something to note…

I’ve heard stories of people complaining because they had a performance fabric and their sofa got dirty. Well yeah – you still have to clean it if anything happens to it and you spill on it! It’s not the plastic-covered sofas from the 70s you might remember your parents or grandparents having. It is still fabric, it is still a fiber with little pores that you can get stuff in – but it’s a lot easier to clean, maintain, and keep looking beautiful if you do invest in a performance fabric.

I hope you’re enjoying these weekly Bust Out Of Boring – or, BOOB – videos.

If you’re finding value in them I would be so honored if you’d click “Share” and pass this along to a friend. Let someone know that might be interested in design advice that I am here every Wednesday at noon to answer your questions and to chat about all things design and cool and sofas and fabrics and yellow cabinets and all that good stuff!

If you’ve not already gotten my FREE ebook

on how to bring personality to a boring space, you can text the word BORED to 444999 and you’re going to get a happy little automated message from me and a link to download this awesome ebook.

I’m not usually into pastels, but I’m bonkers in love with this blush and grey girls’ bedroom moodboard. (I mean, seriously, that tufted velvet sofa is amazeballs!)

This moodboard was part of a Design Kit for a fave client’s tween daughter and stepdaughter. You might have noticed on the Pinterest board below that the selections are from online retailers you’re probably already familiar with. With a DIY Design Kit we stick with retail vendors to make it easy for our clients to shop the selections on their own; and for our Design Comprehensive clients we source a lot more trade-only and custom pieces since we handle all the ordering.

I love being able to equip my cool clients with everything they need to create a kickass room – a design plan, moodboard, shopping links, floor plans, elevation drawings, and swatches. It takes the fear and guesswork out of design. You already know it’s gonna look stellar before you buy a single pillow!

PS. You might also want to check out this gorgeous teal office, cool kids playroom, romantic master bedroom, and French meets Mid-Century living room.

A warm and modern home office (with dark teal walls!) by interior designer Lesley Myrick

It’s a good thing I really love my home office. Because if I weren’t so crazy about it, I would totally be stealing every single design element in this warm and modern home office with dark teal walls. Yes. You heard me. DARK. TEAL. WALLS.

Ugggh. This space is going to look so good when it all comes together!

This home office design is a Design Kit

created for a cool client here in Waco. She currently works from home with beige walls, beige carpet, and a queen-size bed jammed into her modest office space. Not exactly great for space planning or productivity, right?

A warm and modern home office (with teal walls and a Murphy bed!) by interior designer Lesley Myrick

The first order of business

was to remove the bulky queen bed and install a space-saving wall bed instead. This way, the room can be converted into a guest space on rare occasions, but has so much more room to function primarily as an office.

To jazz up the bookshelves with a metallic pop

I selected my favorite metallic wallpaper for the back of the shelves. I love the way a fun pattern makes a basic bookshelf feel complete and well-styled with minimal effort.

Design selections for a warm and modern home office with teal walls

It’s not shown in the moodboard above,

but we selected a lot of cool art for the space, ranging from limited-edition framed art prints to a hilarious illustration of various breeds of dogs wearing glasses. Because if you can’t make work fun, it’s going to totally suck to be in that office every day. This room doesn’t have a large footprint but does have 12′ ceilings, so creating a colorful gallery wall above the desk will create a cool focal point and also use the height of the room to our advantage.

I love seeing these DIY Design Kits come to life.

We design, our clients make the magic happen! If you’re interested in your own custom DIY Design Kit you can find out more here.

What an interior designer does that you never know about! #truth from designer Lesley Myrick

Interior designers are a sneaky bunch. I mean, there are all sorts of things that an interior designer does that you never know about.

Wait…whaaa?

Don’t worry – I’m not talking about bad stuff. I’m actually talking about really good things! Specifically, handling a whole bunch of crap behind the scenes to make our client’s lives easier and to make major design magic happen. Check out what happened with one of my clients behind the scenes…

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Hey everyone, Lesley Myrick here, interior stylist and owner of Lesley Myrick Art + Design where we create some pretty fantastic interiors with an offbeat edge.

And, part of how we do that is by taking care of all the crap behind the scenes so our clients don’t have to deal with it.

If you’ve ever tried to manage your own home decorating project,

you know there is a ton of minutiae that has to happen between making selections, picking the right finishes, fixtures accessories, and fabrics; purchasing things, ordering, tracking; dealing with things that come in damaged, or broken, or just come in completely wrong! And by the time you’re done a room, you almost can’t appreciate it because you’ve spent so much mental energy trying to get there.

This is why people hire interior designers.

I love that stuff! Or at least, I’m really good at that stuff and I can make amazing design magic for my clients.

So, I just want to tell you today a little bit about what it can look like behind the scenes of an interior design project.

Our job as designers is to make things smooth sailing for our clients.

I want them to be completely wowed by the design, the process, and just the fact that it looks so easy to make it all happen for them.

That’s the goal.

But there is a lot that happens behind the scenes.

For example, I had a project last year where we had this beautiful brass sideboard. I was obsessed with this piece of furniture! It was just stunning.

Now, this wasn’t a huge room. This wasn’t a “huge design project”. But this piece of furniture was the bane of my existence for about 6 months.

Basically, we specified it and it went on backorder before we even placed the order. That’s normal; things move quickly in the design world.

We waited for it, we finally got it sent to our receiver. It was damaged. We sent it back. They sent another one. It was damaged!

We were getting closer and closer to our big reveal, our big install date,

and we didn’t have the focal point of the room. And finally, with hours and hours of work on our back end, we had the vendor rush ship it to our receiver who unpacked it, inspected it, assembled it, made sure it was all phenomenal. It got on the truck in time, it got delivered, and my client got to have that “wow”, like HGTV reveal moment when she walked in to her space.

It was amazing! And she had no idea that that one piece of furniture took about 40 hours of our team’s time to deal with behind the scenes.

And that’s the point!

My clients don’t want to deal with that. It’s so much headache. We love to do the hard work behind the scenes so our clients can have those magic moments in their new spaces and completely lose their sh*t.

5 tips to totally upgrade your office TODAY from interior designer Lesley Myrick

I’ve been there, guys – cubicle hell. Working in an office that was bland, uninspiring, and uncomfortable. If you’ve got the office blues, I’ve got 5 tips to totally upgrade your office today. You ready?

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Hey everyone, Lesley Myrick here – interior stylist and owner of Lesley Myrick Art + Design where we create some pretty kickass interiors with an offbeat edge.

So, ’tis the season. It’s ‘back to school’ time, it might be ‘back to work’ time, so I wanna share with you today 5 tips to totally upgrade your office.

The first thing you should upgrade in your office

is, without a doubt, your chair. It’s where your butt lands all day, every day, and if your butt’s not happy, your back’s not happy, and your legs aren’t happy, having a beautiful, comfortable office chair is absolutely the first place to start.

If you are comfortable and not aching, you’re gonna do better work and be happier in your workspace.

The second thing to upgrade in your office is your desk lamp.

In my own office, as you can see behind me, I haven’t done a “desk lamp”. I just have a beautiful table lamp that I love. It’s got a bulb that has the right brightness for me; it casts the right kind of light; and I just love it!

Your desk lamp is an awesome place where you can express some of your personality and style – and, it’s got major function. It’s a complete win-win.

The third way to upgrade your office is with accessories.

Now, your stapler, your hole punch – those are not accessories.

I’m talking a beautiful pen cup, a notebook you love, maybe a gorgeous desktop calendar. Stuff that has style and personality and beauty to it. Feel free to throw in some things that are kind of unexpected in an office. Maybe a vase or a decorative sculpture. Those things that bring beauty and meaning and value to your home can also be translated in your office!

And along those same lines, tip #4 is to introduce plants.

Whether it is a plant in a pot that you somehow nurture and keep alive in a windowless cubicle (which I could never do) or cut flowers that you change out every week, having something living and green and lush in your office is really going to help your mood and your well-being day in and day out.

And finally, the last thing to upgrade in your office is what’s on your walls.

For me, it was adding this awesome inspiration board. I love seeing my goals, my values, some color, some pattern, some texture – all those things matter to me. Don’t neglect the wall space in your office.

You’re in that chair, you’re staring at those walls day in and day out. Make them beautiful, make them functional, make them serve you, and make your office a place you actually want to be.

To have a workspace that feels good, that serves you, that works well for you –

that is amazing and it does so much for your well-being and for your productivity.

If you have a topic you’d like me to cover in a future video, leave it in a comment. I’m here to answer your design questions, your design dilemmas, and help you feel empowered to have a home you love.